Access to primary healthcare in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg is inequitable and does not address the South African Government’s vision of “A Long and Healthy Life for all South Africans”. The existing resources are not placed where they are most needed - the informal settlements, especially Diepsloot, Kyasands and Lion Park, have insufficient medical clinics.
The Witkoppen mobile clinic was launched in 2011 and was funded by the Rotary Clubs of Kyalami and Copenhagen, Denmark, and St. Michael’s Anglican Church of Bryanston. The mobile clinic is fitted with two fully equipped consulting rooms and is entirely self-sufficient with refrigerator and wash basin. It significantly increases Witkoppen’s outreach programme to provide both medical and social services directly to the communities, providing increased access to quality primary healthcare two days per week in Diepsloot and once a week in the Msawawa informal settlement.
Some of the running costs of the mobile clinic over the past two years were covered by funding from the owners of Cresta Shopping Centre, Pareto Ltd.
Key services include:
- HIV counselling and testing (HCT)
- TB screening
- Child immunisation
- General adult and paediatric care
- Emergency management of chronic diseases
- Women wellness and
- Social Services.